William Travilla sketches Marilyn Monroe in The Seven Year Itch

Marilyn Monroe is captured by William Travilla in The Seven Year Itch

Julien’s Auctions

Fashion fans can now see Marilyn Monroe like never before, as William Travilla's original costume sketches are unveiled by Julien's Auctions.

The famed Hollywood fashion designer, Travilla has long been celebrated for his work with the stars, and no more so than through Marilyn's most iconic ensembles. 

Auction House to the Stars, Julien’s Auctions, have given unveiled some of Travilla’s original sketches set to go on sale tomorrow.

The signed artwork, including the pleated ivory cocktail dress that Marilyn wore for 1995 film The Seven Year Itch, will be part of a bigger Icons and Idols auction series opening to bidders in Beverly Hills. 

There are 400 lots in total, ranging from the original sketches, to costumes, patterns and watercolour renderings.

Travilla captures the adored actress ahead of her iconic roles in The Seven Year Itch, There’s No Business Like Show Business and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

His expert annotations can also be seen on the new images, which include the famous 'wind scene at subway' moment that Marilyn is so well-known for. 

The Icons and Idols auction will also include fashion designs from the infamous Mr Blackwell, the personal collection of actress Jane Withers and the Collection of Elizabeth Taylor, plus Princess Diana’s Catherine Walker gown.

A mint green version of Marilyn’s The Seven Year Inch dress is expected to reach up to £18,700 at Friday’s auction, while just over £6,000 is anticipated for the original sketch.


William Travilla sketches Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Icons & Idols: Fashion and Icons & Idols: Hollywood will be held at Julien’s Auctions on Tuesday 5 November.

By Jessica Bridgeman

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